Wednesday, April 30, 2014

T and Projects in the Works

I have a project in the works, I'm working really hard on it and I am hoping that I can show it to you May 18th-ish.  I'll finish the Portland Tram posts and some other posts in the works.

Right now, just an update about you T. You love your camera and want to film EVERYTHING. I have a feeling some of your videos will be in future posts!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Portland Tram Part 1

We went on the Portland Tram on Saturday.
It was about five minutes up and then five minutes back down with at least three seconds that felt like we were on a bit of a roller coaster.  It was right before then I would loudly remind you (not shout) to hold onto something. Erika, the friend that came with us, didn't even have to hold onto the handle bars--she stood without holding onto anything and looked completely relaxed about the whole thing.
Don't you think those clouds look amazing?  It was amazing to see the city of Portland and if the clouds had been gone we would have seen the surrounding mounts--Mount Hood, Mount St. Helen . . . and the other one I cannot currently remember.

I love the reflections in the outside of the tram.
I love this beautiful, green city!

The fact that the sticker is out of focus was on purpose. Your face won out, S!

I love that A and B always have a great pose for the photos.  It's like they know it will look like they are moving and if someone looks away from the photos they'll swear that child moved.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Relief Society Birthday Party 2014

The Relief Society of our ward (our congregation that meets together) had a Relief Society birthday party.  The Relief Society was formed on March 17, 1842.  Every year we get together to celebrate the creation of a wonderful organization that welcomes women 18 and older.  It is a society determined to aid people whenever and however we can, particularly to one another.
The theme of this year's birthday party was as you can probably tell, bees and the talk given by Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 2012,
In the beginning we each chose randomly a number 1-7. Then we sat and visited wherever we wanted.
Then after a few minutes later they started.  I got there right on time because I got to sing with some sisters from our ward (at the end).  The board on the right in the photo above was a place where the sisters were invited to write acts of service they've either had done for them or have done--which strengthen our hive, if you will.
Then they invited us to go sit at the table number we had chosen.  And there was a little cup filled with questions we could ask each other to get to know one another.  I loved it. I found myself just marveling at these wonderful sisters and how grateful I am to know them. It also made me ponder all the sisters of the Relief Society that I have known and I feel so grateful that the Relief Society and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helped me to get to know them, for so many of them have blessed my--and in return your lives.
You all went--R, S, T and K. You older ones went to the play room/nursery and K you came with me. You pulled the bee off my napkin. :)
This activity must have taken a lot of planning and foresight.  I am so thankful for those who did this.
This salad was amazing and I have been craving it ever since. I'm going to be making this a lot this summer. I posted this so I could copy it if I ever have the RS meeting calling again.

Friday, April 25, 2014


This year, the Easter bunny was probably much more prepared than any other year he's come to our house.  I mean, Sunday morning about an hour after you kidlets were up your Easter baskets magically appeared.  It was quite something to see you rush up the stairs and S, you squealed with delight and T you were smiling so big and R, you skipped the goodies and went right for the book.
Sorry, K. The Easter bunny told us he didn't think you were quite old enough for an Easter basket.

Then later, we colored eggs.

Then even later than that I made my own peanut butter eggs (they are surprisingly easy). 
We went to church, or at least S, R, and I went to church. Daddy stayed with you, T and K because you T still had a fever.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Family Movies of K on the stairs and Easter Morning
I love how thrilled you are K, when you hear Daddy's voice.  That is how you are when he calls. You screech and squirm until you get to listen to him on the phone and then you beam your pearly whites. :)

After I posted this, K just sat and stared and the screen. She glanced at me momentarily and stopped smiling and then looked at this video and grinned a lot!  I love you!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Aunt T's Easter Texts

I am so glad that I have you.  This year we really tried to focus on the Savior, Jesus Christ and what this week, the last week of his mortal life were.  Aunt T sent us some texts every day.  It meant so much to me that she sent them and every day we talked about it.

By Minerva Teichart

She wrote:

Sunday, Day 1:  Dear family, today is the first day of what many Christians call "the Passion Week." It includes many significant historical events of the Savior's last week of life, before his resurrection on Easter Sunday, celebrated next Sunday.  Today was Palm Sunday, as described in Matthew 21:1-11.

Monday, Day 2: Christ cleansed the temple (Matthew 21:12-18). Consider Christ's actions in cleansing as it applies to our lives and homes, if He arrived would there be anything he might purge, teach, bless, heal or praise?

Tuesday, Day 3: Christ spent most of his day in the temple teaching. Some of his parables are in Matthew 21:19 - 26:16. Later that evening, he gazed over Jerusalem and said his famous lament, "how often I would have gathered you . . . but ye would not."

Wednesday, Day 4: the scriptures don't specify events on this day. It is speculated that Christ spent the day in Bethany with his apostles or disciples. I too would want to be with my loved ones on the eve of such daunting events. How blessed we are to have an eternal family. Love you all!

Thursday, Day 5: The Last Supper, where the sacrament was instituted and the Savior's suffering in Gethsemane. One of the most amazing events to me, is how Christ healed the soldier's ear and then was arrested by him. So ironic, and so charitable. 

Friday, Day 6: The crucifixion. It is thought that the Savior hung on the cross from 9 am to 3 pm.  Joseph of Arimathea arranged the tomb for Christ to be buried in. Interesting fact: Joseph of Arimathea was the Savior's uncle.
This is your mother speaking: Easter Sunday: The resurrection.   We talked about what it means for us!  Isn't it wonderful to know that we are so loved that Jesus Christ gave His life for us so that we can go live with our Heavenly Father again?

Many things happened the last week of Jesus Christ's life.  I know He lives and loves us.  I pray that we may become more like Him.

Monday, April 21, 2014

So Sick of Being Sick

From the movie First Love.
Three weeks of having a sick family is crazy. It it time, my dears, to stick your tongue out at being sick and pray for healthy happiness in the future. :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Springtime Colors

Springtime in Oregon is serious. I thought New York had glorious spring times.  It does but Oregon takes it up a whole new level.  It is like one week the trees are snoring, the next week buds are peeking out like curious turtles.
 Then the next week the colors come out those crocus barely say, "Hi" before the daffodils steal the show.  Then moments later the tulips, trees and flowering plats seem to shout, "Hey, look at me--I'm GORGEOUS!"
 The cars get covered in pollen (seriously, the car is almost yellow). Allergies start up like it is nobody's business.
 I love it, except for the allergies part! The photos are her per request of Grandma and Grandpa.
Happy Spring!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thank You to B and T and C

I just wanted to tell some individuals that mean a lot to me, thank you so much for all you have done! Thank you B and T for letting my friend, her kids and us stay with you!  We loved being able to see your kidlets! They are wonderful! Every minute with you was so fun!

C: Thank you for driving my kidlets! You are amazing. Tell your husband they absolutely loved the great driving care bags! They were full of so much great stuff--coloring books, crayons, toothbrushes and toothpaste. So much fun!  They had a glorious time riding in the car with  you! You are a great friend!